Saturday, August 8, 2015

Some downsizing for an impending move...

My father died in late July 2015 from stomach cancer.  It was expected.  He'd been in hospice for over seven months.  I've been dealing with his funeral and family related stuff since then.

One thing I've haven't been able to do is paint on a regular basis.  I bought some new 28mm figures from Sapper Joe.  It was an old 28mm Spanish-American War project he'd decided to get rid.  I went ahead and bought an army of 28mm Old Glory Span-Am Americans.  I decide to complete things this month and get some more 28mm Old Glory Span-Am Spanish infantry, artillery, and command.

In desperation, I wrote a new TS&TF variant for the Spanish-American War called Yellow Journalism.  It needs to be play tested.  I also picked up some 25mm Napoleonics and 28mm Weird WWII figures from Sapper Joe.  I have no idea what I'll use them for.  They'll probably go into my trade pile of figures.  Unless I decide to put a small Sharpe's Practice game together...

Now that my father died, I'll be moving back to my parent's house to help take care of my mom.  I looked at my current collection of wargaming figures.  My collection has gotten out of hand.  I don't have enough space in the place I'll be moving to store all my figures cases.  So I started downsizing...

The painted 28mm ECW armies went.  My unpainted 28mm Trojan War armies also went to my friend Don Cox.  He got new armies, I got his remaining 15mm SYW Austrians.  He got the better deal.  But that's OK.  Don isn't getting my 28mm Spanish-American armies.  Once he saw the figures, Don started bugging me for them.

The PROBLEM is Don already has two COMPLETE 28mm Spanish-American War armies NIB that will never see the day of light.  I was lucky to get his remaining 15mm SYW figures from his basement of death.  I'm still waiting for him to find some 28mm Britannia British Colonial units he swears are still in his basement.  Don doesn't let anyone go into his house.  I joke about his kids having the mother of all estate sales when my friend finally dies.  It's not so much his figure collection, which is about 60,000 figures, it's the 500,00 pieces of LEGO that's in his house that his LEGO club will be fighting over, ugh...

My goal isn't to wind up like Don.  I want room to move where I live and work.  Hence, me getting rid of some of my projects.  I didn't like getting rid of them.  But I don't have the room to store all my stuff!


  1. Blake, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Good luck with your transition. Depending on what you want to part with, maybe I can help you out. (I would have jumped at the ECW!) I know I've been out of touch for a while. Seems like it's hard to find time for gaming. But I do enjoy reading your posts.

  2. You've endured a long mourning period. Sorry to hear that and I hope all goes well for you.